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Sep 25, 2017
Detect water leaks the smart way - before the damage is done

Frozen pipes, overflowing toilets or flooding can be the stuff of nightmares. Consider installing smart water-leak detectors in multiple areas that might be prone to water damage.

Sep 25, 2017
The measure of health

You’re exercising again and you’re already reaching your weekly step count. Yet your resting heart rate is through the roof. There’s a wristband that can help you figure out why.

Sep 25, 2017
Videos: Fall 2017

We’ve selected three fun, informative videos from around the world that show how monitoring our activities can reveal surprising information about what motivates our behaviour. Smartwatches may seem like mere novelty, but as this informative...

Sep 25, 2017
The low-kilowatt diet: Glorious beet, apple and ginger smoothie

Kick-start your morning with a healthy veggie drink that’s packed with vitamins and minerals. The energy it takes to make this smoothie is about 0.008 kWh, for a cost of 0.1 cent.

Sep 25, 2017
Smartwatch evolution

In 1984, the Seiko RC-1000 Wrist Terminal became the first watch to interface with a computer. Smartwatches have come a long way, baby.

Sep 25, 2017
Measured self

(n.) Measuring our lives by self-tracking our activities, typically through the use of wearable devices.

Sep 20, 2017
On task

What gets measured gets managed. This time-honoured saying rings especially true now that apps allow us to track things that were previously unmeasurable and manage how we spend our time. Not only does this bring valuable self-awareness, it lets us set goals for self-improvement and measure our progress. Maybe you...

Sep 20, 2017
Curb your over night energy use

You turn off unnecessary lights, wash clothes in cold water and keep your thermostat in check. But your monthly energy use won’t budge. What’s keeping you from reaching your reduction goal? First figure out your baseline usage, which is made up of things that are always on and draw electricity.

Sep 20, 2017
Fall and winter eco events

Get ideas from celebrities such as interior designer Sarah Richardson at the Vancouver Fall Home Show (October 26–29). Make sure to visit BC Hydro’s Smart Home booth. Pitch in at the English Bay Beach Cleanup to keep our shores free from waste (December 16). On Vancouver Island, look for eco-friendly treasures like...

Sep 20, 2017
B.C.'s best: three late-season hikes

Exercising outdoors can be a refreshing break from the gym. There’s another benefit to breaking a sweat in nature: it can improve your mood and self-esteem. Consider hiking the trails located in BC Hydro recreation sites that are open into late fall and even year round. On Vancouver Island north...

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